Jim Connolly is the owner of Planet Turf. He has a degree in Agronomy from Washington State University and continued studies in Environmental Science from the University of Connecticut and graduate classes in Crop Science from Washington State University. He is a former agronomist for the United States Golf Association Green Section where he made over 600 golf course consulting visits. He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and has 36 years’ experience in the turf grass management field.
Vice President of Sales & Technical Support
Jared received his degree in Agronomy, with a major in Turfgrass Science from Washington State University. He has worked at renowned golf courses throughout the US and gained valuable hands-on experience. Jared has worked at Riviera Golf Club, Atlantic City Golf Club, Spokane Country Club, Sonoma Golf Club and most recently at Huntsman Springs Golf Club in Driggs, Idaho.
Regional Turfgrass Sales Specialist, Western WA, OR
Ruiz graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelors in horticulture and turf, and received his Master’s Degree in agriculture from Washington State University. He has over 14 years of experience as a golf course superintendent and is a popular guest speaker at numerous industry association conferences.
Regional Sales Representative, Landscape Services
Jordan services customers in a variety of industries from landscape turf management, to parks, schools, and golf courses. He loves working with customers to solve problems and offer economical and effective solutions for all things related to turfgrass and landscape management. Jordan has an Associate’s Degree in Diesel and Heavy Equipment Service and Repair from Spokane Community College, and lives in Spokane with his wife and two children.
Vice President, Administration
Amy Connolly cofounded James Connolly Consulting, LTD with her husband Jim Connolly in 1999. As the business of consulting branched into sales and marketing with Planet Turf she took on the role of Office Administrator and Accounts Manager. Amy continues to serve as Vice President and Senior Advisor for Planet Turf and James Connolly Consulting.
VP of Operations
Riley graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Business and Asian Studies. He has been working in the golf industry since he was 15 years old and has experience in golf maintenance, hospitality, caddying, and day-to-day course operations. A short list of some the courses he has worked at includes The Golf Club at Black Rock, Spokane Country Club (now Kalispell CC), and The Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course. As operations manager, Riley supports our staff by overseeing inventory, product procurement, shipping and logistics, sales and financial reports, and all other operating functions at Planet Turf. Riley began working at Planet Turf in September of 2016.
Katie enjoys the attention to detail and organization that are required in her position. She earned her Associate of Arts degree from Spokane Falls Community College, and has worked with various companies since. In addition, Katie has a passion for Irish Dance. She toured professionally for three years with Celtic Fire, and now teaches at the Haran Irish Dance Studio in Spokane. Her hobbies include adventuring in the outdoors with her husband, and spending time with friends and family.
Warehouse and Facilities Manager
Anders graduated from the University of Idaho in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. Anders is responsible for shipping and logistics, working with freight companies and coordinating Planet Turf truck routes for local deliveries. He last worked as a field supervisor for International Directional Services, and prior to that, Stellar Industrial supply. This included managing survey technicians and directional drilling projects in Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona, coordinating projects, and helping set up inventory management systems for large scale customers. I enjoy spending time with my wife or playing hockey and golf.